Funding

Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses

The Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses is a tuition award offered for a wide range of Maymester and Summer Session I and II courses to give students the opportunity to enroll in research-intensive courses during the summer session. The award covers in-state tuition for one three-hour research-intensive course for the student and provides a $1000 stipend for faculty teaching the mentored undergraduate research course.

Student Eligibility

All full-time undergraduates enrolled in a research-intensive course in a baccalaureate program at UNC-Chapel Hill and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. To receive the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses, undergraduates must also be enrolled in both the semester before (Spring) and semester after (Fall) completion of the course. Rising seniors will receive priority.

Course Eligibility

Eligible research-intensive courses must involve faculty-to-student, one-on-one mentorship. The Standard Course Numbers for mentored undergraduate research courses end in *95 (i.e., 195, 295, 395, etc.). Eligible research-intensive courses must be taught by a full-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member who holds a faculty appointment in a department or curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill. The faculty research advisor may need to establish the appropriate course designation in the department.

Application Process

The faculty research advisor completes and submits the application for the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses Form by April 10. The application and a proposed syllabus should be combined into a single PDF titled with the faculty member’s last name and the year (i.e., Gupta2020.pdf) and submitted via email to our@unc.edu.

While the deadline is April 10, applicantions will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be notified approximately ten business days after submission. All funds will be dispersed at the end of April.

Selection Process

Staff members from the Office for Undergraduate Research and Summer School will review applications and determine award recipients.

Students are encouraged to apply for both the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses, but must accept only one of these awards for the same summer.

Anticipated Number and Amount of Awards

We anticipate making up to 20 awards. Students may receive a tuition award for only one summer research-intensive course per summer. As applications will be funded on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.

End of Course Materials Required

You must submit the following documents to OUR to complete the terms of your Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses.  Please follow the instructions carefully.

Send one email to our@unc.edu with the subject line “year program materials” (where “year”=current year and “program”=name of the fellowship, i.e., “2020 SARIC materials”). Include items 1-4 as attachments.

Each attached document should be saved with the following title format: “year_Lastname_Firstname_SARICitemname.” For example, “2020_Liu_James_SARICreport” or “2020_Khairat_Omar_SARICpresentation.”

All materials must be submitted by August 30.

1.Final Report Prepare a reflective, one-page summary of the work you accomplished with your program’s support. We want to know both what you did and what you learned about research and yourself. In a narrative format, please answer:

    • What type of research activities you engaged in this summer?
    • What types of skills have you learned from your experience?
    • How has this research experience affected your interests and career goals?

This should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (1-inch margins, 12pt. Times New Roman font, single-spaced). Please include your name and the title at the top of your reflection.

2.PowerPoint Prepare a three-slide PowerPoint presentation designed to be understood by a GENERAL AUDIENCE (i.e., your friends and family, or high school seniors preparing to enter Carolina), which we will post on the OUR website. Use this format:

Slide #1:

    • Project title
    • Student’s name and major
    • Faculty advisor and faculty’s Dept.
    • Photo(s). These photos are used for publicity about students’ research. The photo should provide a clear view of the student’s face. In addition, the photo should help portray the student’s research. For example, a student researching water quality in the Neuse river might show himself or herself with an image of the river in the background; a student studying in a historical archive might take a picture of herself or himself in or in front of the archive; or a student researching dance performance might show himself or herself dancing. If this is a joint project with another student then you both may be in the photo with a caption indicating the name of each student.

If your project makes it difficult to take an action shot that shows your face and your research at the same time, you may submit two photos: one showing your research in progress, and a second photo for a headshot.

Slide #2:

Make sure to use vocabulary appropriate for a general audience. This is not intended to be the same kind of PowerPoint you would present at a meeting of people in your field or to your advisor.

    • What is your research question?
    • Why does your research question matter?

Slide #3:

As with Slide #2, you must make sure your vocabulary and phrasing would be understood by the average person. Avoid jargon, unspecified abbreviations, and subject-specific terminology (unless you define it on the slide).

    • What are your results?
    • Why are your results important to your scholarly or research community?
    • Why are your results important to a general audience?

3.Evaluation Form Please complete the evaluation and attach it as a Microsoft Word file.

4.Photographs and Photo Releases Complete the Photo and Video Release and attach it as a Microsoft Word file. A signed photo release form is required for every identifiable person in photographs that you provide in your final materials.

5.Faculty approvals Ask your faculty advisor to review your project summary and PowerPoint prior to submitting them. We strongly recommend that you send them the description of the requirements listed above along with your materials. Before we can issue your final check, we need your faculty advisor to send an email message to our@unc.edu with the current year and name of your program and “approval” (i.e. 20xx SARIC approval) in the subject line. They must include the following text in the body of the message: “I have reviewed __________ (student’s name) Project Summary and PowerPoint and I approve of the content. The PowerPoint summary is suitable for display for general audiences on the OUR website.”

6.Upload your Power Point slides to The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR).  CDR is a secure digital home for the scholarly work of the Carolina community. When you deposit your articles, book chapters, data sets, media files and more in the CDR, we provide stable access for the long term. You decide who gets access – from a few colleagues to the entire world. The University Libraries will do the rest, making sure your work is findable, searchable and available to the audiences you specify. https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/

If recipients are not currently registered for the Carolina Research Scholar Program, they will be invited to register.

Funding Source

Recipients should acknowledge support from Summer School and the Office for Undergraduate Research in any publication or presentation resulting from research conducted in the funded research-intensive course.

If you have any questions about the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses please contact Dr. Boots Quimby or make an appointment with her at https://calendly.com/bquimby.